By: Clancy Darrow
A New Jersey lawmaker has introduced a bill which would criminalize “acts of lying” to obtain sex. Such “sexual assault by fraud” would be treated as rape, and therefore subject men to punishments of up to 20 years in prison for such rapey statements as “Of course I’ll respect you in the morning,” or “I promise to call you tomorrow.”
Imprisonment under such circumstances is not a ridiculous result. According to Salon:
[f]raud invalidates any semblance of consent just as forcible sexual contact does… As written, the bill doesn’t consider sexual assault by fraud any less serious than other types of sexual assault that are already on the books.
Imagine that—20 years incarceration for reassuring, “Let’s go out this weekend,” when you had absolutely no intention of following through on that promise, or maybe you got called in to work at the last minute. Other “lies” which could guarantee…
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